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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Apr 12, 2008 5:43am
Forum: movies Subject: A Serious Question About Copyright

I know something famous which was released in 1965, But:
1. It was never sumbitted for copyright
2. I can't find any evidence of it's copyrights being renewed

However, It has never been released by any budget DVD company. However, It's of a genre which rarely gets released on DVD, so is there any chance of it being PD?
I know this question sounds silly But I'd like to know. I'm new to copyright some I'm not sure of things.

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-04-12 12:43:18

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Poster: jonc Date: Apr 14, 2008 6:42am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A Serious Question About Copyright

A "renewal" is an extension of the original copyright. It couldn't be renewed if it was never copyrighted in the first place. There are many works that haven't been released on DVD, due to things such as lack of interest or lack of a quality print. What is it you are thinking of uploading? Are there any notices in the closing acknowledgements regarding copyrights?

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Apr 14, 2008 7:11am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A Serious Question About Copyright

It's a soap opera from the 60's, which may explain why it's never been released on DVD. I've yet to come across any copies, But I do know the entire run still exists. It's called "Days of Our Lives", and I checked the US copyright website.

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Apr 14, 2008 7:56am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A Serious Question About Copyright

Days of Our Lives is still an ongoing series in the US BTW.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Apr 14, 2008 9:51pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A Serious Question About Copyright

I Know that! I'm asking about the 60's episodes.

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Apr 16, 2008 10:57am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A Serious Question About Copyright

No US work from 1964-on needs to be renewed. Renewal was only required to maintain copyright protection for works through 1963. I am certain Days of Their Lives is protected by copyright.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Apr 16, 2008 9:46pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A Serious Question About Copyright

Thanks for the info Rick. BTW, I know this is off-topic, But do you have more Jam Handy films to upload? Me and my parents love 'em.